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Cotton Arms

Site of The Cotton Arms, 2013

Picture source: Colin Price

The Cotton Arms was situated at 92 St Pauls Way. This pub was established as the Cotton Arms by 1862.  It was a Truman’s Brewery pub which was sold to Belhaven in around 1990 – and at this time it was renamed the George & Dragon.  By 2000 it had again been renamed the New Cotton Arms, but closure came in 2001.  The former pub was demolished c2004 with flats built on the site.
Stephen Harris
I was born here in 1948 to Richard and Joan Harding. The publican was my grandfather Richard (Dick) Harding and his wife Charlotte.
Richard Harding (June 2012)
I was born in Bow and lived in Huddart Street (now Geoff Capes Way) until 1952. The Cotton Arms was, at that time, at the St. Paul's Way end of Huddart Street and across the road, opposite a bombed site. We always referred to it as "The Cottons".
Revisiting the area some years later I was surprised to find that the pub had been demolished, but like a Phoenix it had risen again further along St Paul's Way, nearer the school! It was still The Cotton Arms then, not The George and Dragon.
There has been massive rebuilding all around that area and many places from my childhood no longer exist, but at least Stebon School, which I attended until relocating to East Ham, is still there.
Ron Burg (August 2016)

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